European Mounts

Submitted by Roy on 8/7/00. ( ) 152.163.188.67

Need info on bleaching skulls for a European mount. How clean do they have to be before boiling? Will the peroxide or sodium carbonate solution damage(bleach) the antlers or horns? Any additional info will be greatfully appreciated.

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Skulls

This response submitted by BigHorn Taxidermy on 8/19/00. ( wildlife@myavista.com ) 208.153.175.87

When skulls are fresh we take off the skin and bottom jaw,maybe nock off some meat.add some arm & hammer washing powder, It turns the remaining meat in to jello. You dont have to take anything off if you dont want to,just place the whole head in the pot.Sometimes the skin will help insulate the skull and when the skin comes off easily the meat usually comes off as well.Dont put the antlers in the water. This takes off natural color,hot water will remove pine pitch on elk. We bleach with 50% peroxide cut down to 60-40 or 70-30 the higher number being water.For best results submerge the intire skull.Sometimes you need to place the rear of the burrs under the bleach to get it comepletely submerged.This area will have to be stained.Wicking the top works well but not as good.When boiling skulls that are dried out or have been lying around awhile cook slowly ,dont get the water to hot.They need to soak to reax dry skin. sometimes i will place an old skull in water overnight before boiling. old skulls are very brittle so dont over cook.You dont have to clean a skull spotless before putting it in the bleach,you can clean some white meat off afterwards.Be sure to where gloves and rinse well.

Dean Rogers
Cody Wy.
307-587-5311


Skulls

This response submitted by BigHorn Taxidermy on 8/19/00. ( wildlife@myavista.com ) 208.153.175.87

When skulls are fresh we take off the skin and bottom jaw,maybe nock off some meat.add some arm & hammer washing powder, It turns the remaining meat in to jello. You dont have to take anything off if you dont want to,just place the whole head in the pot.Sometimes the skin will help insulate the skull and when the skin comes off easily the meat usually comes off as well.Dont put the antlers in the water. This takes off natural color,hot water will remove pine pitch on elk. We bleach with 50% peroxide cut down to 60-40 or 70-30 the higher number being water.For best results submerge the intire skull.Sometimes you need to place the rear of the burrs under the bleach to get it comepletely submerged.This area will have to be stained.Wicking the top works well but not as good.When boiling skulls that are dried out or have been lying around awhile cook slowly ,dont get the water to hot.They need to soak to reax dry skin. sometimes i will place an old skull in water overnight before boiling. old skulls are very brittle so dont over cook.You dont have to clean a skull spotless before putting it in the bleach,you can clean some white meat off afterwards.Be sure to where gloves and rinse well.

Dean Rogers
Cody Wy.
307-587-5311


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